Health and Safety

Family moving their daughter into a residence hall. Photo by Carolyn Lagattuta.

UC Santa Cruz has its own police department to protect and ensure the safety of the campus. UC Santa Cruz Police Department officers work closely with the ten residential colleges and surrounding law enforcement agencies to ensure that students are safe and protected by the laws that govern both the campus and the general population.

The Student Health Center provides quality health care to UC Santa Cruz students. All currently registered undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to use all of the services available at the Health Center, including office visits, in-house lab, and psychiatry. Registration fees cover a portion of the costs of Health Center services.

If you need to go from one on-campus location to another at night, you can call the Night Escort Safety Service, and someone will escort you, either by car or on foot. Available during the academic year for on-campus use only, and staffed by UCSC Police Dept. Student Ambassadors.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers a variety of counseling services, programs, and workshops that address students’ developmental, situational, and lifelong concerns.

There is zero tolerance for sexual assault or sexual violence on the UCSC campus. The campus has established a CARE office (Campus Advocacy Resources & Education), which is an independent, confidential advocacy office for the reporting of sexual violence. The office serves all members of the UCSC community, including students, faculty, and staff.

CruzAlert is UC Santa Cruz's emergency notification system, which is intended to provide critical information rapidly to UCSC students, faculty, and staff during an emergency on campus. In the event of an emergency, CruzAlert delivers important messages to campus web sites via RSS feed, to cell phones via text messages, and to landline phones via voice messages.

Aside from quarterly testing, the system is only used during actual campus emergencies. Generally, CruzAlert messages will only be sent out if it is necessary for students, faculty, and staff to take some specific action to protect themselves, such as leaving/avoiding a certain area or taking other protective measures. Updates and all-clear messages may also be sent depending on the situation.